Where Science Meets Art

Carmi Dror
Michael Sela Auditorium

Carmi Dror’s artistic work revolves around the practice of mapping three-dimensional model components, rooted in the realms of animation, post-production, and 3D effects. The model is spread as maps using a 3D software, which dissects it into its individual components—fragments that can be independently manipulated and enriched with textures and realistic details. Although the resulting maps appear indecipherable to humans, the software retains the ability to comprehend the model in its entirety.

Dror’s creative process involves disassembling the model into minute parts and issuing disruptive commands to the software, exceeding its intended functionality. Under her direction, the original model loses control, generating distorted images that often exhibit similarity to scientific visuals. In a way, she induces the computer to forge a new language, utilized to craft images detached from the origins of the model that was the work’s starting point. The disruptive mapping of the model's particles yields a secret language seemingly comprehensible to the computer alone. The exhibition includes works created through the disruption of various models: Clocks, human skulls and bones, and futuristic weapons sourced from the realm of computer games.

The visual aesthetics of Dror’s maps bear resemblance to illustrations portraying time travel. Linear, chronological time gains the ability to halt, leap forward, reverse, or fragment.

Carmi Dror, a multidisciplinary artist currently residing in Tel Aviv, explores the intersections of art, science, and technology, weaving together images, computer vision, and human perception by practicing lens-based art and digital spheres. She holds a BFA degree in photography from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, and the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, and her works are exhibited globally. She also serves as a lecturer specializing in digital art at Bezalel Academy's Art Department. Her exhibition Now with Noise, curated by Yivsam Azgad, was showcased at the Weizmann Institute’s David Lopatie Conference Centre.

The Artist Residency Program at the Weizmann Institute of Science is supported by the Braginsky Center for the Interface between Science and the Humanities.